Heat: Miami had little to work with but came into Thursday determined to bolster the roster however possible. They came away with Wade, who returns to the Heat after a disappointing departure in the summer of 2016. He is averaging Website For Cheap Jerseys 11.2 points, and the Heat would welcome that. Miami also added stretch-4 Luke Babbitt for injured big man Okaro White. These are not earth-shattering moves, but they’ll help a team badly in need of depth.
Jazz: Understandably, the Jazz did not want to shell out big money this summer for guard Rodney Hood, who will be a restricted free agent. But the return on Hood, who was the 23rd pick in 2014 and is averaging 16.8 points, was disappointing. Essentially, all the Jazz got in return was forward Jae Crowder, who is a good value and a contributor, but not on Hood’s level for production.
Toronto looks to be the class of the East, as far as the regular season goes, but the Raptors’ core has gone only as far as a conference finals. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are still trying to figure it out — especially when they have to see James in a playoff series. The last two years they’ve had their season ended by James, losing eight of 10 games.
In the West, the Spurs’ last title was achieved with Tim Duncan in 2014, and this team has made radical changes since then to its starting roster, phasing out Tony Parker while bringing in LaMarcus Aldridge. Even assuming Kawhi Leonard is back for the playoffs, Gregg Popovich can’t be sure what he has.
Speaking of radical changes, the Timberwolves will be back in the playoffs for the first time since 2004 (barring a major collapse without Jimmy Butler), when Karl-Anthony Towns was nine years old. So your guess is as good as Tom Thibodeau’s when it comes to what you can expect. Oklahoma City has the big names, but it’s going to be the first time in the postseason together for Thunder stars Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, with the outcome perhaps determining if George stays or leaves Wholesale Jerseys Paypal for the Lakers this summer.